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Promotional poster for 'Save The Last Dance For Me'Save The Last Dance For Me 

Empire Theatre, Liverpool

26th March – 31st March 2012

Directed by Bill Kenwright and Keith Strachan.

Cast: James Denton, Megan Jones,  A. J. Dean, Hannah Frederick, Tosh Wanogho-Maud, Christine Holman, Harry Myers, Graham Weaver, Laura Emmit, Robyn Manning, Richard Rolfe, Dan Church, Chris Coxon, Robert Dalton, Marc McBride, Michael Paver.

As with the phenomenal hit Dreamboats and Petticoats that took the Empire Theatre by storm last year, the music and storyline of Save the Last Dance For Me took a packed out audience that was eager to sing and enjoy the music that defined a generation that was finding it’s own sense of purpose after the horror of World War Two and the advent of the Cold War.

There is something special that comes across in the writing of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and their ability to touch upon the right note during the evening. If, for a moment you weren’t completely absorbed by the performance it was possible to hear the dream response to certain scenes within the play of the sound of an audience cooing and ahhing, especially with the beautifully played love scenes between Curtis, played by Jason Denton and Megan Jones character of Marie.

Hannah Frederick as Maria’s elder sister Jennifer also deserves special mention as the presence on stage was at all times uplifting and she possesses a singing voice that not only gladdens the heart but also at times framed the entire production.  
As always in these productions, the music is the real star. In tunes such as Go Jimmy Go, Young Blood and the excellent Suspicion, the musical excellence of the band and actors shone through.

Toe-tapping; inspiring and a feel good factor that was high on every audience member’s wish list and supplied with great ease and aplomb by a superb cast and the directors Bill Kenwright and Keith Strachan.

Ian D. Hall

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